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Category: Food & Drink

Get the scoop on Door County food and drink scene, including breweries, restaurants and taverns. From Brussels to Washington Island, we’ve got the latest on what the peninsula’s chefs, bartenders, and artisans are cooking up for you in Door County.

  • Wine Away the Winter Days

    The Day Sipper offers private wine-education classes The world of wine can seem daunting to the uninitiated. That’s why when many people pick out a wine to have with dinner or at the end of a long day, they stick with old standbys like chardonnays and cabernets rather than branch out, according to certified sommelier […]

  • Wild Tomato Sold

    One of the most popular restaurants in Door County has sold. The Wild Tomato restaurant was sold Dec. 28 to Mathew and Karla Sagorac, who said they intend to continue year-round operations of the established restaurants. The sale closed on Dec. 28 for $7.5 million – the list price was $8.25 million when the business […]

  • Alcohol Bill Puts Wedding Barns in Limbo

    When Gov. Tony Evers signed a new bill overhauling the state’s complex alcohol regulatory system on Dec. 6 (AB 304), it was hailed as a historic compromise between producers, distributors, hotels and the Wisconsin Tavern League. The bill passed with rare bipartisan support (a 22-11 vote in the state Senate, and 88-10 in the state […]

  • Year in Review 2023 – Palate

    Local Restaurants For Sale Ellison Bay’s Wickman House went on the market this year, though the list price for $989,000 did not include the restaurant name or brand. Owner Mike Holmes had a buyer by year’s end and was expected to close on the sale on Jan. 1. In January of this year, the Wickman […]

  • Weenie Wagon Pop-Up At Sway

    Wally’s Weenie Wagon will be serving out of the kitchen at Sway Brewing + Blending from 11 am – 6 pm every Saturday through Feb. 10. Sway is located at 2434 Cty Hwy F in Baileys Harbor. 

  • Winery Introduces Artificial Intelligence Wines

    Von Stiehl Winery in Algoma is bringing artificial intelligence (AI) to the science of winemaking. Owners Brad and Aric Schmiling have launched an effort to see if AI can improve the flavor of their wines. The winery plans to use two baseline wines to gather feedback, which it will utilize as input for blending new […]

  • Hall Of Flame Honors

    Dick Jepsen, organizer and chairman of the annual Death’s Door BBQ event on Washington Island was recently added to the Wisconsin BBQ Posse Hall of Flame. This is the highest honor the Wisconsin BBQ Community bestows. The award was presented at the Sixth Annual Hospitality Awards Gala held at the Oshkosh Convention Center on Nov. 13.

  • ‘Tis the Season for Prime Rib

    Area chefs share some basics On formal Christmas and New Year’s dining tables, prime rib often appears as the star of the show. But it takes effort, time and investment to get that large and luxurious section of beef from the market to the platter. Many Door County families and visitors leave the preparation to […]

  • Food and Family at Black Orchid Catering

    Two sisters form Black Orchid Catering to share their culture through their cooking A midlife crisis arrived a few years early for Aisha Umar. “I worked in the restaurant industry for about six years,” Aisha said. “I was mostly waitressing and working front-of-house. Then I think I hit my crisis and I wanted something of […]

  • Chives, Thyme Offering Wine Dinners

    Chives restaurant in Baileys Harbor is presenting a six-course wine dinner on Dec. 14 at 6 pm. Founding Chives bar manager and sommelier, Lucas Schoenfeld, will share his wine industry insights. Head chef Brady Miner’s menu will feature scallops, locally sourced lamb and dessert by Chive’s in-house, classically-trained French pastry chef. Call 920.839.2000 for reservations. […]

  • A Space of Their Own: Thyme Takes Root with Twelve Eleven

    Occupying a little more than three acres of trees and meadows just outside Sister Bay, Thyme Restaurant; its sister wine bar, Twelve Eleven; and an oversized Quonset hut catering hall are the culmination of a decades-long journey home for two of the peninsula’s hardest-working restaurateurs. Although Thyme opened in 2021 in this location on Highway […]

  • Sample Saturday At Henriksen’s Fish House

    On Dec 2 from 11 am – 5 pm Henriksen’s Fish House will celebrate their first holiday season at their new home in Ellison Bay. Sample whitefish spreads, whitefish cakes, salmon spreads and special holiday treats. Henriksen’s Fish House is located at 11644 Old Stage Road in Ellison Bay.

  • New Happy Hour In Baileys Harbor

    Harbor Fish Market & Grille offers small plates and drink specials at their new Harbor Happy Hour, 4:30-7:30 pm every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Open year-round, Harbor Fish Market & Grille is currently open Wednesday-Sunday, serving breakfast and lunch from 10 am – 3 pm, and dinner starting at 4:30 pm. Harbor Fish Market & […]

  • Taking A Chance: At Peach Barn, A Coin Flip Leads A Family Home

    It started with the flip of a coin.  Jason and Sarah White weren’t thinking about opening a brewery when they pulled over on the side of a freeway in the early hours of the morning in July of 2020.  They had just spent a week and a half reuniting with family in Gills Rock over […]

  • Black Friday Beer On Tap at Sway

    Local beer fans are invited to Black Friday at Sway – a new beer release event Nov. 24 at Sway Brewing + Blending. On Cold Dark Nights is a beer described by brewmaster Matt Sampson as a fairly traditional stout, and “unlike most stouts that you see craft breweries putting out today that tend to […]

  • Charcuterie Board Class At Drömhus

    Drömhus will host a make-and-take holiday charcuterie class on Nov. 18 from 3-5 pm. Cheese, meats and boards will be provided. Holiday wrapping is included so you may gift your creation or take it home to enjoy. Cost is $30 per person. Email [email protected] to reserve a spot. 

  • Thanksgiving Dining Options 2023

    Want the family and friends but not the dishes? Here are your choices – including community dinners planned around the Door. Thanksgiving is upon us. That means it’s time to gather with family and friends, think about what you’re thankful for, and, of course, eat your body weight in stuffing and mashed potatoes. If you’d […]

  • Harvest Fest At Sway Brewing & Blending

    Sway Brewing and Blending will offer five special beers featuring local ingredients at their Harvest Fest event on Saturday, Nov. 18. Musical guests Hunter Gatherer and Eric Hagen will perform from 4 to 6 pm. Sway Brewing and Blending is located at 2434 County Highway F in Baileys Harbor.

  • Whitecap Winery: A Taste of Real Door County

    On a wall in the Whitecap Winery in Ellison Bay was a large map of eastern Wisconsin depicting the Wisconsin Ledge AVA (American Viticultural Area) – a designated wine-producing area. All of the wineries in the region were listed on the map. As Don Grasse pointed to the map, my eyes focused on the top […]

  • Wine Trails: It Takes a Family

    I had heard the theme previously: respect the past while building the future. It seems to be a common mantra in Door County, a county that is blessed with a rich history and filled with pioneers who shared the natural beauty of the peninsula with visitors through the vehicle of tourism, creating a destination for […]